Meditation part 1 “Why Meditate?”

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Kyle Shiver

– What we think, has a direct impact on our    emotions and how we feel. 
– All negative thoughts are stress!  
– Meditation is the best medication for stress. 

My favorite definition of the word meditation is from Dr. Roy Eugene Davis, who says “Meditation is alert concentration on a chosen subject.”

I think that we are all capable of alert concentration, but the trouble comes with the words “chosen subject”. The trick is to be able to concentrate on what you want, when you want, for as long as you want. Lots of us cannot do this. We get songs stuck in our head that won’t go away, we have resentments play over and over like  festering wounds, we have worries that we “just can’t get off our mind”, and we have little or no control over what our mind is doing. I would say that these symptoms are normal in our society, but I would also say that this is not good at all.

What we think, has a direct impact on our emotions and how we feel. How we feel has a direct impact on us physically. If we think negative thoughts, we will feel negative emotions, and over time, these negative emotions create havoc with our bodies. The leaders in the medical society say that “Stress causes 95% of all sickness and disease”. This clearly means that our thoughts are very important because all negative thoughts are stress!  If you have little or no control over your mind and thoughts, this is a recipe for trouble.

Migraines, ulcers , digestive problems, and high blood pressure, anxiety and panic attacks, these are just the beginning of downward spiral. These illness’s make our lives more difficult, and effect our home life, our work, and/or our education. When things get more difficult, what do we do? We think more negative thoughts, which only serve to make the situation worse.

Why meditate? Because meditation is the best medication for stress. Meditation also slows down the aging process and improves memory and cognitive skills. People who meditate regularly are known to have good health, and to be emotionally balanced. Through meditation, you can take control of your mind, begin to think positive thoughts, and truly change your entire life.

In part 2, I will discuss mind control and introduce you to an exercise that has been helpful to many of us meditators.

Many blessings,
Kyle

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kyle says:

Robert thanks for your question, and yes, I believe that meditation can help you with negative thinking and chronic pain. Learning mind control will allow you to move into very deep states of relaxation, and this is very healing in its self. As far as chronic pain, there are three main ways to approach:
1) Go to the pain, instead of away from it. Most of the time when we feel pain, we go all negative immediately. Our negative reactions can make the pain even worse. Try going to the pain instead of away from it. Be welcoming and accepting of it. In many cases, not being okay with pain will make it last, but if you can be okay with the pain, it may go away or lessen. Open the door and invite it in.
2) Go within and know that you are a soul and not a body or a brain. You are the soul that is supposed to be in control of the brain and the body, but you are not the brain or the body. Envision yourself in a pleasant place, maybe out fishing on a lake. Then detach yourself from the body. Instead of saying “My hand hurts” or “I hurt”, say “The hand hurts” or “The body hurts”. Acknowledge the pain, but know that it is not you. This helps a lot of people.
3) They have very recently done studies with soldiers who are burn victims, that prove that if you take your mind off of it, you will not notice nearly as much. With the soldiers they are using video games, but you could use anything really. Simply take your attention off of the pain and place it on something else.

Hope this helps!

Robert says:

Can this eliminate the constant onslaught of negative thoughts from chronic pain, paralysis, and atrophy of a musicians hands, or the guilt for not taking steps to mitigate it years ago?